Reading: Free Books to Keep Your Mind Right When Fighting Cancer

by GregP_WN

At WhatNext, we know that everything doesn’t have to be about cancer every single day of your life. Occasionally, it’s nice to take a break and read just for the pure joy of reading. And unlike in years gone by, it’s easier than ever to tap into the world’s greatest books from wherever you are…as long as you have a smartphone, a tablet, an e-reader, or a computer. And the best part? There are thousands of books available for FREE. Yes, free.

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Finding Free Books to Download

Open Culture

There are a number of websites on the Internet that provide books free of cost. OpenCulture.com has an incredible selection of classic literature, including titles such as Samuel Becket’s Waiting for Godot, the poetry and letters of Charles Bukowski, and the Agatha Christie mysteries. There is a short video on the site that walks you through exactly how to download a book, so if you’ve never done so before, there’s no guesswork involved.

Project Gutenberg


Another site that offers over 50,000 free titles is Project Gutenberg. To give you an idea of the diversity of the site, a recent title added to the collection is actually a magazine: The Wide World Magazine - Vol. 22, No. 131, February 1909. All transcribing is done by volunteers who put in thousands of hours every year.

Free E Books.Net

If you enjoy reading the works of independent authors, Free-eBooks.net may be your go-so site. With dozens of categories from Agriculture to Utilities, you’re sure to find something to pique your interest.


Get Free Ebooks

Get Free eBooks can provide you with endless hours of reading pleasure. They offer everything from spy thrillers to comic book magazines. In addition, you can find reference and how-to books for the DIYer.

You can also find thousands of free books at Amazon.com in their Kindle Unlimited program. You pay an annual fee, then you have access to thousands of books for free. It's a great deal if you read a lot. 

So the next time you’re trying to find something to entertain yourself, you won’t have to look far. And remember, sometimes the book really IS better than the movie!

We have a number of WhatNexters that have written books about their cancer experiences, many are free through Amazon's Kindle Unlimited plan, or they are available for a small charge, here is a partial list:

Today Cancer, Tomorrow the World, by Fred Reiss

Kicking Cancer in The Kitchen, by Annette Ramke and Kendal Scott

The Ultimate Cancer Fighting Cookbook, by Pam Braun

It's Not Harder Than Cancer, by Michael Holtz

Rejoicing Through The Tears, by Brenda George

Let Life Happen, by Barbara Jacoby

New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors, by Bill Aron

Cook For Your Life, by Ann Ogden

You Can Thrive After Treatment: 10 simple secrets to creating inspired healing, wellness & your joyous life after cancer, by Debbie Woodbury

Fighting Cancer 2013, by April Smythe (Greensmythe)

F&ck Cancer, by Robbie Flores

Destination Cancer Free; Navigating the Challenges of Head and Neck Cancer, by Barbara Bragg

Have you written a book about your experiences that we don't know about? Drop us a message below and we will include it in our list. 

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